Parks smoking ban delayed again

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January 18, 2011 11:23:14 AM PST
Raleigh City Council delayed a vote on a ban on smoking in city parks and greenways on Tuesday.

Supporters say the ban would eliminate second-hand smoke and keep litter out of public areas.

Detractors say it would take away a smoking citizen’s right to enjoy the parks they pay taxes to support.

Instead of holding a final vote Tuesday, council members voted 6 to 2 on the language of the ordinance and to bring the following changes back for a vote during their next meeting:

  • Moore and Nash park will not be included in the restriction.
  • Smoking will be allowed in parking lots.
  • Ordinance will ban smoked products not smokeless tobacco products.
  • Containers for buds will be placed in parking lots.

If it passes, the ordinance will take effect on July 1st, 2011.

Boone, Asheville and Buncombe County have all passed similar outdoor smoking bans.

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